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Can Flax Seeds Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

I’ve previously discussed the role of dietary lignans in the reduction of breast cancer risk and improvement in breast cancer survival, based on studies that showed that women with breast cancer who a…


Asthma-Causing Toxins in Children’s Supplements

A number of case-control studies have found that giving kids cod liver oil supplements may increase their risk of asthma later in life. Case-control studies are done by asking about past behavior in c…


Is There Too Much Aluminum in Tea?

While aluminum is the third most abundant element on Earth, it may not be good for our brain, something we learned studying foundry workers exposed to high levels. Although the role of aluminum in the…


Protecting Teeth From Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea has been found to be as effective at lowering blood pressure as a leading hypertension drug without the potential side-effects (which include everything from lack of strength to impotence…


How to Treat Prediabetes

For people with prediabetes, lifestyle modification is considered "the cornerstone of diabetes prevention." Diet-wise, this means individuals with prediabetes or diabetes should aim to reduce their in…


Are Sprouted Beans Healthier Than Canned Beans?

Beans, chickpeas, split peas and lentils are packed with nutrients and play a role in the prevention of chronic disease, but most can’t be eaten raw, though some can be sprouted. Boiling is the most c…


How to Protect Your Telomeres

In my post How Much Meditation Do We Need Daily to Combat Stress?, I discussed how stress reduction through meditation might be able to lengthen telomeres, the protective caps at the tips of our chrom…


How Much Meditation Do We Need Daily to Combat Stress?

In the film The Holiday, Cameron Diaz exclaims “Severe stress ... causes the DNA in our cells to shrink until they can no longer replicate.” Did Hollywood get the science right? The enzyme that bui…


Treating Alzheimer’s with Turmeric

The spice turmeric may help prevent Alzheimer's disease, but what about treating Alzheimer's disease with the spice turmeric? An exciting case series was published in 2012: three Alzheimer's patients …


Might Turmeric Help Prevent Alzheimer’s?

There are plenty of anti-inflammatory drugs out there that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, but stomach, liver and kidney toxicity precludes their widespread use. So maybe using an anti-inf…


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